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ALXnow has adopted a new assistant editor from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

Hugo (né Mallow) was born late last year at the local shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue) and adopted earlier this week by editor Vernon Miles. He was profiled last week for Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month at the AWLA. His sisters Clover and Poppy remain there, available for adoption.

In a release, AWLA said 1,545 animals were adopted from the shelter in 2023. There were 434 animals with medical or behavioral needs who were fostered and 718 were transferred from under-resourced areas.

Hugo will oversee the rabbit affairs desk at ALXnow; a surprisingly busy section with a local poultry market in hot water for selling rabbits last year and new veterinary offices opening up in Old Town.

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for love!

As it is February and Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has a number of fluffy rabbits up for adoption.

“You may not have considered a bunny as a companion animal, but they make amazing and loyal friends,” said AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

A few reasons why rabbits make the best companions:

  • They’re quiet and don’t take up much room — perfect for city living
  • Rabbits form strong bonds with their guardians
  • They can be as cuddly as a dog or cat
  • Rabbits can be litter box trained
  • Their schedules match ours. They’re most active at dawn and dusk.
  • They are full of personality and character
  • Despite their small size, they live longer lives — around 10 years is their estimated life span

Think you’re in love? See all the available rabbits at alexandriaanimals.org/adopt/!

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Beatrice is a 4-year-old dog up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and is definitely ready to find her forever home!

This girl may be the coolest dog ever with the friendliest vibes.

Beatrice is an easygoing girl who loves to play and solve food puzzles, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Her favorite snacks are liver treats, and she’ll dazzle you with her repertoire of tricks (like sit, paw and down) to secure them,” said Shackelford. “At 4-years-old, she’s past those puppy shenanigans and is a great combo of active and affectionate.”

Beatrice is pretty much the whole package!

Want to meet Beatrice in person? To learn more be sure to read her entire profile.

And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774. Her adoption fees have been paid!

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Meet the lovely Polly, a 3-year-old white and gray cat who is up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Polly came from the AWLA rescue partners in Barbour County, West Virginia and is in need of a forever home!

This girl is a bit shy and timid around new people at first, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“She likes to hide out in her tower and observe her visitors first,” said Shackelford. “However, after a few minutes, Polly is usually ready to come out to socialize.”

Though she may be shy, once this girl warms up to you she’s more than ready for lots of attention and pets! She especially loves having her ears and chin rubbed.

Is Polly the sweet companion you’ve been searching for?

You can read Polly’s entire profile to learn more about her. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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Say hello to Starlight, a 2-year-old pup in need of a home.

This medium sized girl is currently up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Starlight — just like her name — will brighten up any room!

She is a very social and friendly dog, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Starlight loves her playtime sessions in the yard,” said Shackelford. “She will chase toys for as long as she can convince you to throw them.”

This girl also loves walks and has very good leash manners! She’s gentle when taking treats and patient when waiting for them.

Starlight doesn’t mind children or other dogs. She deserves a loving forever home that will embrace her friendly and active nature!

Be sure to read Starlight’s entire profile to learn more about her. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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Say hello to Dash, a beautiful 5-year-old with very expressive ears!

Dash is currently up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

This very social and friendly guy is no stranger to young children as he has lived with them before, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“His former owner says that he has wonderful house manners and is crate trained, said Shackelford. “Dash is past the puppy stages, but still has the right amount of energy and is always up for a game of tug-of-war or walk around the neighborhood.”

Dash has good leash manners and is always great on walks, making them enjoyable. He also knows the commands for “sit” and “paw”. This guy is a quick learner and ready for his forever home!

Be sure to read Dash’s entire profile to learn more about him. Email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774 to start the adoption process!

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Perry the pup is up for adoption!

Meet Perry, a tan 7-year-old up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

So, this sweet guy isn’t exactly a pup, but he is one at heart and is in need of a forever home! This guy is as pleasant and sweet as they come.

Perry is comfortable with cats as he has previously lived with one and house trained, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Perry is also very well behaved in a home and can be left alone for at least 4 hours,” said Shackelford. “Perry has been introduced to dogs here at the shelter and did well with other dogs that weren’t overly rambunctious.”

This sweet guy also loves to cuddle and would make the best couch buddy!

Have you found a match in Perry? To learn more be sure to read his entire profile. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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This social and goofy pup is waiting for his forever home. Has he found it with you?

Igor is a 3-year-old pup that is active but knows when to chill and relax.

According to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford, he has vastly improved his leash skills and knows a few commands.

“Igor loves to receive attention from people (and has done well around kiddos, too),” said Shackelford. “He is also housetrained!”

Igor would do best as the only animal in the house. He is great with interacting with other animals on walks and events.

Igor has so much love to give!

Now through the end of the month, all adoption fees on adult dogs and cats are waived thanks to Priority Automotive Group!

To learn more about Igor, you can read his entire profile. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

Photos courtesy of Artful Paws Photography.

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Meet the handsome and dashing Nelson! This 9-year-old tabby is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

This guy has a very expressive face with beautiful green eyes and can be somewhat standoffish, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Nelson definitely does want to be your friend, he just needs for it to be on his terms,” said Shackelford. “You can usually find Nelson tucked away in his cozy den and if you come hang out with him for a bit, he will usually come say hello.”

He is a very smart cat that loves to play. He loves his puzzle toys and bird watching is a favorite pastime.

With his personality he would do best in a home as the only pet.

Nelson’s adoption fees have also been paid!

Is Nelson the cat companion for you? To learn more about Nelson, you can read his entire profile. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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Looking to adopt a gentle and curious bunny?

Meet Simon, a male white and blue English Spot bunny who is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Simon is currently in foster.

According to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford, English Spot rabbits are gentle, affectionate and well-mannered. This fluffy guy is all of that and more!

“Simon embodies all of these characteristics… he loves to receive attention and be pet,” said Shackelford. “One of his favorite things to do is lounge on his fleece blanket with his person.”

Simon is also curious with an interest in exploring the world around him.

While not exploring, he loves to snack. His favorites include apple sticks, carrots and hay!

Are you Simon’s person? To learn more about Simon, you can read his entire profile. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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